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Negro Migration and Unemployment


  • David E. Kaun


In this article an effort is made to show that while the pattern of Negro migration 1955-60 conforms to economic rationality based on income maximization, this pattern of migration is not responsive to reported unemployment rate differentials. A brief review of past migration is followed by a comparison of actual migration out of the South with a hypothetical distribution among states based on the goal of unemployment minimization. Multiple regression analyses are applied to 93 Standard Metropolitan Statistical Areas, utilizing measures of income, welfare payments, past employment growth, population size, and unemployment. All but the latter variable appear to have significant influence on migration patterns.

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  • David E. Kaun, 1970. "Negro Migration and Unemployment," Journal of Human Resources, University of Wisconsin Press, vol. 5(2), pages 191-207.
  • Handle: RePEc:uwp:jhriss:v:5:y:1970:i:2:p:191-207

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    1. Tom Larson, 1992. "The effect of discrimination and segregation on black male migration," The Review of Black Political Economy, Springer;National Economic Association, vol. 20(3), pages 53-73, March.
    2. Brown, Charles C. & Oates, Wallace E., 1987. "Assistance to the poor in a federal system," Journal of Public Economics, Elsevier, vol. 32(3), pages 307-330, April.
    3. Michael Greenwood, 1975. "Simultaneity bias in migration models: An empirical examination," Demography, Springer;Population Association of America (PAA), vol. 12(3), pages 519-536, August.

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